This is a corpus-based study focusing on the analysis of three highly frequent discourse markers (DMs) in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, namely ba'a, ṭayyeb, and ṭab. Based on a purposeful sample of seven Egyptian films, ba'a, ṭayyeb, and ṭab have been analyzed qualitatively using the corpus software WordSmith Tools. The analysis shows that these markers fulfill a multitude of functions and can operate (sometimes simultaneously) on discourse and interpersonal levels. Since DMs enhance discourse coherence and signal speakers’ attitudes, thus facilitating interaction, it is reasonable to expect that insufficient or incorrect use of DMs by learners of Arabic as a foreign language would impede efficient communication or even lead to intercultural pragmatic failure. As important components of pragmatic and intercultural competence, DMs should be given more emphasis in Arabic language classrooms. The study ends by suggesting a number of corpus-based classroom activities aimed at raising students' awareness of ba'a, ṭayyeb, and ṭab in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and their pragmatic importance.
MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language
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Arabic language -- Study and teaching -- Egypt.
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(2015).Tab asta'zen ana ba'a: a corpus-based study of three discourse markers in Egyptian film language [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Ismail, Ahmad. Tab asta'zen ana ba'a: a corpus-based study of three discourse markers in Egyptian film language. 2015. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.